Biochemistry Program

Leonard Sciorra, Ph.D., Coordinator

The Biochemistry Program is housed within the Department of Applied Science and Technology. The Department offers a major in Biochemistry in collaboration with the Biol­ogy and Chemistry Departments.

Requirements for Biochemistry Major

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Twelve of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

BI-183General Biology I (Core Natural Science)3
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
BI-184General Biology II (Core Natural Science)3
BI-186General Biology II Lab1
BI-240Cell and Molecular Biology4
BI-240LCell & Molecular Bio Lab0
For Capstone, choose from one of the following3
Spec Topics: Biological Chem (Capstone)
Research in Chemistry
Honors Thesis: Independent Study
CH-131General Chem and Qualitative Analysis 13
CH-131LGen Chem and Qualitative Analysis 1 Lab1
CH-132General Chem and Qualitative Analysis 23
CH-132LGen Chem and Qualitative Analysis 2 Lab1
CH-251Organic Chemistry I3
CH-251LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
CH-252Organic Chemistry II3
CH-252LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CH-365Physical Chemistry I3
CH-365LPhysical Chemistry I Lab1
CH-366Physical Chemistry II3
CH-366LPhysical Chemistry II Lab1
BC/CH-442Biochemistry I3.00
BC/CH-442LBiochemistry 1 Lab1.00
BC/CH-443Biochemistry II3.00
BC/CH-443LBiochemistry II Lab1.00
MA-143Differential Calculus (Core Math)4
MA-144Integral Calculus (Core Math)4
MA-273Multivariable Calculus I4
PC-185General Physics I3
PC-187General Physics Laboratory I1
PC-186General Physics II3
PC-188General Physics Laboratory II1
Total Credits69

Special Notes on Major Requirements


BC-295. Credited Internships. 3.00 Credits.

BC-390. Spec Topics: Biological Chem. 3.00 Credits.

Conferences and literature research directed to the study of a particular area of biological chemistry. Area selected must coincide with faculty expertise. Prerequisites: BI-240 CH-366; Course Type(s): Capstone, Writing Intensive, Senior Seminar.

BC-399. Independent Study. 1.00 Credit.

BC-442. Biochemistry I. 3.00 Credits.

Protein structure and function, enzymes, enzyme kinetics and mechanism, metabolism, techniques in protein chemistry. Prerequisites: CH-251.

BC-442L. Biochemistry 1 Lab. 1.00 Credit.

Protein purification, enzyme kinetics, enzyme inhibition and western blotting. Prerequisites: CH-251; Course Type(s): Lab Courses.

BC-443. Biochemistry II. 3.00 Credits.

Biosynthesis, hormone regulation, RNA and DNA metabolism, Regulation of gene expression, Techniques in nucleic acid chemistry. Prerequisites: BC-442.

BC-443L. Biochemistry II Lab. 1.00 Credit.

Biosynthesis, hormone regulation, RNA and DNA metabolism, regulation of gene expression, techniques in nucleic acid chemistry. Lab Prerequisites: BC-442; Course Type(s): Lab Courses.

BC-492. Biological Chemistry. 3.00 Credits.

The chemistry and metabolism of biological compounds, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics and cellular organization. Expression and processing of biological information including replication of DNA, transcription, translation, regulation and recombinant DNA technology.